Week 3: OTA Observations
BuffaloBills.com’s Chris Brown has some great observations from week 3 of the Buffalo Bills’ OTAs. Here is a quick rundown:
1. The quarterbacking competition does not have a clear winner, yet. I don’t see this as a positive. The fact that no one has stepped out as the clear lead doesn’t indicate that there are three quality competitors. It’s more of a sign of parity.
Brown wrote: “Rex Ryan isn’t close to pulling the trigger on reducing the competition from three to two signal callers much less settling on a starter.”
“I don’t think we’re going to see anything in the next few days, in the mandatory camp, where we’ll say this guy is clearly our starter,” said Ryan. “That’s not going to happen. We’re going to keep that competition going and at least give guys opportunities when it’s tackle football. This guy is the starter—that’s not going to happen. It’s a three-horse race. That’s how I see it.”
2. The Bills are thin at offensive tackle
3. The defensive line is looking as dominant as ever.
4. The Bills have a ton of offensive weapons. That’s the good news. The bad news, see #1. The other factor that could help offset the lack of a star quarterback is offensive coordinator Greg Roman. He is going to mix up the coverages and figure out a way to makeup for the lack of a high level of skill at the quarterback position.
“He does a good job of moving guys around,” said TE Charles Clay of Roman. “I can’t think of any position where I’m lined up at more than another. The receivers will tell you the same thing. They’re moving around as much as I am.”
5. A higher level of coaching and instruction
6. OTA has some stars. Chris Brown lists the following as guys who are making an impact:
– Ronald Darby made another interception in practice.
– Rookie TE Clay Burton continues to make plays and hasn’t dropped a pass yet.
– TE Marqueis Gray
– Robert Woods